Solar Cars


STELR solar cars are designed to be used in conjunction with the STELR Renewable Energy module for students to apply their knowledge of solar energy and electric circuits.

Focusing on technology and engineering, these kits are ideal for STEM classes.

Schools are encouraged to use the solar car kits to run an in-school solar car challenge at the end of the unit, where students test their designs.


Australian Power Institute

The Australian Power Institute sponsors class sets of solar car kits to a limited number of STELR schools each year. They also provide power engineering students to visit schools to talk to students about careers in engineering.

STELR Solar Car Curriculum Materials

The solar car program maps to years 7-10 of the Australian Curriculum and covers:

  • Energy transfer and transformation
  • Conservation of energy and energy efficiency
  • Electricity generation and use
  • Electrical power and electric circuits
  • Forces and gears
  • Analysis of how motion, force and energy are used to manipulate and control electromechanical systems when designing simple, engineered solutions

Maths activities are embedded throughout.

Click here to download the API STELR  Solar Car Manual

Click here to download the STELR student booklet: Solar Cars – Mathematics of Gears

STELR Solar Car Equipment Kit

A class set of 14 STELR Solar Car kits includes all the equipment required for students to undertake investigations into the construction and modification of solar cars including a teacher jar of spare parts.

STELR equipment encourages both guided and open-ended research. It has been designed and developed in Australia specifically for STELR and is robust, simple and easy to use.

How to purchase STELR resources

To purchase a class set of STELR equipment and curriculum resources, download and complete the order form below and send it, along with a school purchase order, to

STELR Solar Car Equipment Kit

How to use STELR Solar Car Equipment

Constructing an API STELR solar car from the kit

This video shows you how to construct the API STELR Solar Car. It was produced by power engineer, Jarman Stephens, (2014 API Bursary holder) and videographer, Thomas Cotter.   >How to Build a Solar Car video.

You can also access a PowerPoint presentation giving step-by-step instructions to construct a basic solar car.

Changing Gears on the API STELR solar car

This video shows how to change the gear configuration for your API STELR solar car. It is the second video in the series produced by Jarman Stephens and Thomas Cotter. We suggest students only work on changing the gears once they have constructed and tested their car.

Additional information and resources

Solar Cars Curriculum Links

Solar Cells Theory

Careers in Renewable Energy

Climate Change